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FLAG Factsheet

Laukiem Jūrai FLAG

Official name: 
Biedrība “Partnerība laukiem un jūrai”
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
LV204
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG is situated in the central part of Latvia close to the capital city – Riga. It covers around 75 km of the coastline along the Gulf of Riga. The area has notable inland water sources like the Engure, Kaņieris, Sloka and Valgums lakes. The coastal area has a well-developed fish processing (14 enterprises that employ around 800 people) and tourism sectors (66 enterprises that count for over 200 jobs). Agriculture is also playing a key role in the local economy. The unemployment rate of the area is at 4,4% which is below that of the neighboring regions.

The main challenge in the FLAG area is the population decrease which is accompanied by a reduction of the provision of public services. The lack of well-equipped recreational areas along the coast of the Gulf of Riga also reduces the attractiveness of the area for tourists and residents alike. As the FLAG area is partly covered by Ķemeri National Park and several other protected areas, protecting biodiversity and cultural heritage are other important challenges in the area.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The main protected areas are the Ķemeri National Park (NATURA 2000) and the Engure Lake.

Population
73 668
Surface area (km²)
1 316
Population density
56
Total employment in fisheries
267
Fishing: 
253
Aquaculture: 
0
Processing: 
14

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy focuses on the following main objectives:

  • Support existing resource-based businesses in triggering innovation;
  • Support to new businesses in fisheries, processing and other marine-related economic activities;
  • Sustainable management and use of natural resources of the Kemeri National Park and promotion of the fisheries cultural heritage;
  • Improve tourist accommodation and tourism-related activities in the area.

Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development is an horizontal objective included in the above ones.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
4
% of the budget allocated: 
15%
Supporting diversification
4
15%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
5
35%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
35%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 438 310
  • EMFF: 
    1 222 560
  • MS co-financing: 
    215 751
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    EAFRD – €696 200 including national co-financing of 68%.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD

Project examples

  • Diversification of tourist activities in coastal areas;
  • Foster the creation of fisheries thematic villages in the municipality of Engure;
  • Improve recreational infrastructure along the coast to boost tourist activities.

Calls for proposals

The first call for projects was launched in 2016 (closed on 2 May 2016).

The calls for projects are launched separately for each strand of the strategy once a year and twice a year specifically for business development projects.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in cooperation projects focused on the following themes:

  • Touristic activities along coastal areas and promoting traditional crafts;
  • Cultural activities in inland areas to promote the fisheries heritage;
  • Sustainable use of protected areas and campaigns raising awareness.

No budget has been defined for cooperation.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Partnerība Laukiem un Jūrai
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG board (decision-making body) consists of nine members, but all 33 members of the FLAG are actively involved.

The FLAG board consists of three representatives of the public sector (municipalities) and six representatives of the private/NGO sector.
The private sector is represented by three fishermen, one rural business and one NGO representative. The NGO representative is also in charge of the youth and women interest’s association.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
33
% of fisheries actors: 
33%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
33%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
16
% of public actors: 
33%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

Partnerība Laukiem un Jūrai
 
Talsu iela 4
319.kab.
3101 Tukums
Latvia
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Ilze Turka
Phone:
+371 29 528 441
FLAG President:
Ms. Inga Reiniņa
Phone:
+371 26 416 858
Languages:
  • Latvian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
26/12/2016
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